McCray scores 23, SC State beats Longwood 83-77

RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) Gabriel McCray had 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting, and South Carolina State beat Longwood 83-77 in the Eastern Kentucky Hoops Classic on Friday night.

Greg Mortimer's 3-pointer gave the Bulldogs (2-1) an 8-point lead with 2:21 left and McCray's jumper at the 53-second mark made it 77-68.

Lotanna Nwogbo had career highs with 27 points and 15 rebounds for Longwood (2-1). The Lancers twice narrowed a 9-point halftime deficit to 2 but never took the lead in the second half.

Ed Stephens had 12 points with 3-of-6 3-point shooting and Mortimer added 10 points for South Carolina State.

Khris Lane was 6 of 8 for 12 points and Kanayo Obi-Rapu scored 11 for Longwood.

McCray scored 14 of his points in the first half to help the Bulldogs build a 39-30 lead at intermission.

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